[Marxism] Queen of Kukkatpally

Marla Vijaya kumar marlavk at yahoo.com
Tue Apr 21 10:35:19 MDT 2009

The Queen Of Kukatpally

- Raju PeddadaI admired the pleasent portrayal of Raju Peddada about the eating shack in Kukkatpally in Hyderabad. I live just a few kilometers away from Kukkatpally and I have seen these minimalist eating kiosks, called locally as "Tiffin Centres", flourishing in Hyderabad in the last 10 years or so.They are operated mostly by poor peasants who had lost everything and were desparate to earn a living in Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh. The food is tasty, cheap and mostly hygenic, with slick no-frills management and these "Tiffin Centers" are very popular locally. There is a high degree of specialisation in the business. Once the wife and husband brave it to Hyderabad and manage to get a joint going, either the husband's younder brother or brother-in-law is brought in to manage the coffee/ tea kiosk, which is technically located with-in the same premises but is usually independently managed. Another needy relative might come in to manage the
 cigarette/ beetle 'paan' (sweet concoction of beetle leaves and spices) joint. The business thus expands before our very eyes, bringing in the much needed profits to pay-off their debts.These eating joints today pose a tough competition to established eateries and the foriegn MC Donalds are left way behind.Vijaya Kumar Marla


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